- a gambling game or method of raising money, as for some public charitable purpose, in which a large number of tickets are sold and a drawing is held for certain prizes.
- any scheme for the distribution of prizes by chance.
- any happening or process that is or appears to be determined by chance: to look upon life as a lottery.
Origin of lottery
Examples from the Web for lottery
Selecting legislators by lottery was good enough for the ancient Athenians.
No matter how much money the Koch brothers or Tom Steyer spend, they cannot convince a lottery to choose one person over another.
Pathways offers employment services no matter the intensiveness of the disability (they have a lottery system).Hiring People With Disabilities Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Good for Business
October 27, 2014
On the flip side, when you draw a Travis Wall contemporary routine, you must be like, “I hit the lottery!”'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Ricky Ubeda Is Adorable, and Tired
September 4, 2014
It is playing the lottery, and while the odds are stacked against it, sometimes people win the lottery.ISIS Risks Everything to Declare a Caliphate
June 29, 2014
We put into a lottery for a beefsteak pudding, and it is impossible to say what we may get.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It was at the time when the Chamber was asked to authorise the issue of lottery stock.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
If he could, publishing would be less of a lottery than it is.One Day's Courtship
Every unbroken colt is like a ticket in a lottery; it may be easy, or it may be a tartar.The Night Riders
The lottery was to be publicly drawn the first of February, 1750.The Phantom World
- a method of raising money by selling numbered tickets and giving a proportion of the money raised to holders of numbers drawn at random
- a similar method of raising money in which players select a small group of numbers out of a larger group printed on a ticket. If a player's selection matches some or all of the numbers drawn at random the player wins a proportion of the prize fund
- an activity or endeavour the success of which is regarded as a matter of fate or luck
Word Origin and History for lottery
1560s, "arrangement for a distribution of prizes by chance," from Italian lotteria, from lotto "lot, portion, share," from same root as Old English hlot (see lot). Cf. Middle French loterie, from Middle Dutch loterje, from lot (n.).